Onkaparinga Visitor Guide : 2013 14 McLaren Vale, Hills Valleys and Beaches
40 MORPHETT VALE Morphett Vale Miniature train rides, Morphett Vale One of the state's largest suburbs, Morphett Vale was named after John Morphett -- an explorer and pioneer. Within a short time after settlement, the town boasted a number of churches and chapels, a brewery, wind flour mill, courthouse and police station. En r Morphett Vale is an interesting suburb, complete with excellent shopping opportunities, ample sporting facilities and a charming history. Services Morphett Vale Post Office P:137678 Noarlunga Country Fire Service P: 000 for emergencies Southern Dental Care 223 Main South Road, Morphett Vale P: (08) 8362 8111 Southern Specialist Centre P: (08) 8326 1000 Primarily a district of cereal farms, mixed farms and vineyards, Morphett Vale was known as a strong community and this is still present today. Shopping Main South Road is a major retail corridor, with supermarkets, banks, newsagencies and specialty retailers lining the main transport thoroughfare, along wih a number of dining and take-away options. Just off Main South Road is the Southgate Plaza shopping complex. Heritage trail Morphett Vale enjoys a long history and while is now largely suburban/commercial, a small precinct on William Street (just off Main South Road) still stands as a window into these early days. The street showcases a labourer's cottage; the Morphett Vale Institute, which was built in 1878; John Knox Presbyterian Church ruins, which was a gothic-style church built in 1856; the former John Knox School; and the old police station/courthouse and stable, built in 1855 -- the cells and courtyard remain in original condition. Miniature train rides The kids will love taking a ride on these miniature steam or diesel trains that follow a two-kilometre track through the natural bushland of Wilfred Taylor Reserve. Morphett Vale Rail is open the second and fourth Sundays of the month 1--4:30pm.